The more I study the uncivil war the more interesting it becomes. From what I have found it appears that Slavery was only a wedge issue at the start of the war, as the war progressed it became harder and harder for the North to justify the blood letting (read many editorials, draft riots, etc.), also the north became a butcher - 'total war' was a northern justification. The north needed to save face and came up the the idea that slavery was the real issue. Look to reconstruction to see the 'love' the north had for ex slaves. With the dead of Lincoln the country needed a myth and it created one. When we look back with a 21 century lens some like the myth even more.
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has been a box-office hit and nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrayed our 16th president. I haven't seen the movie; therefore, this column is not about the movie but about a man deified by many. My colleague Thomas DiLorenzo, economics professor at Loyola University Maryland, exposed some of the Lincoln myth in his 2006 book, "Lincoln Unmasked." Now comes Joseph Fallon, cultural intelligence analyst and former U.S. Army Intelligence Center instructor, with his new e-book, "Lincoln Uncensored." Fallon's book examines 10 volumes of collected writings and...
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